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Adoption in the Czech Republic is a big mess / Adopce v CR je jeden velky zmatek

Did you know that since the year 2000 only 277 kids have been adopted by foreign parents? Why so little of them? Compared to the parents of other nationalities, the Czech biological parents tend to be very picky as to who gets their child. They require almost a warranty, which guarantees them that their child will be always healthy, extremely talented, get good marks at school and go to the university.

Lenka Pavlova, the director for International Legal Protection of Children (UMPOD) claims that their priority is to always keep the Czech children in the Czech Republic, however it is not as easily done as said. Since many babies are of Roma origin, they are more likely to find new homes in Denmark, Germany or Italy, as a lot of Czechs are prejudiced against that race. “International adoption is the only hope for many kids to lead a normal life in a loving family”, explains Pavlova. Denmark has a long history of adopting children from other countries, where a different skin color is considered as an advantage. Italian families – especially the ones from Sicily – love Roma kids because they look very similar and they are more laid-back as parents and supposedly don’t mind “lively” kids.

Guess how many children have been adopted INTO the Czech Republic since 2000? The answer is: NONE!! Some couples did apply (there were 80 applicants since the year 2000) but they are still waiting for their applications to be processed. The processing office has only about 15 employees  who battle with other pressing issues (in other words, it’s a mess out there..).

CZ: Vedeli jste, ze od roku 2000 se do ciziny adoptovalo pouze 277 ceskych deti? Proc tak maly pocet, ptate se? Oproti jinym ne-ceskym biologickym rodicum jsou pry cesi hrozne vybiravi, co se tyce budoucich rodicu jejich deti. Skoro az chteji zaruku, ze bude jejich ditko vzdy nejenze 100% zdrave, silene talentovane, ale take ze bude dostavat same jednicky ve skole, a ze se samosebou v budoucnosti dostane na universitu. Lenka Pavlova, reditelka Mezinarodni orchany deti (UMPOD) vysvetluje, ze jejich prioritou je, aby byly deti adoptovane doma v Ceske republice. Ale jelikoz vetsina techto deti jsou romskeho puvodu, mnoho Cechu o ne zajem nema. “Proto je adopce jedina cesta, jak pro tyto deti zizkat normalni zivot s normalni, hodnou rodinou”. Tyto romske deti vetsinou zkonci v Danksu, kde ma adopce jinych ras dlouholetou historii, nebo v Italii; Italove – hlavne ti kteri pochazeji ze Sicilie – miluji romske deti, protoze jednak vypadaji velmi podobne a jednak – diky jejich volnejsimu rodicovskemu pristupu –  jsou zvykli na “zivejsi” tvory 😉

Hadejte, kolik deti se od roku 2000 adoptovalo DO Ceske republiky? Zadne!! Od  tohoto roku pry sedi na onom uradu kolem 80 aplikaci, ale zadne z nich nebyly jeste zpracovane. Kancelar ma kolem 15ti zamestnancu, ale ti pry na ne nemaji cas  ( je to proste bordel…).


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9 comments… add one
  • Sue October 3, 2008, 3:21 pm

    We considered of adopting a Czech child, as long as they were not Romanian. Hubby does not want “a gypsy baby”.
    The adoption you’re talking about though.. is that just parents putting their kids up for adoption or from orphanages as well?

  • Tanja October 3, 2008, 4:09 pm

    The article is not clear on that but I think it’s both.
    It would be hard for me to imagine that the orphanages are actually picky….

  • Jenny March 21, 2009, 1:36 pm

    Gypsy babies are not “Romanian”, they’re Romani. Romania is a country. My husband and I adopted our daughter, who is a beautiful 4-year-old now, in 2006. We had a wonderful experience adopting in the Czech Republic and love our “gypsy girl.” 🙂 She is precious and fits none of the stereotypes that our Czech friends warned us against. Don’t let prejudice get in the way of welcoming a child into your family. Every child deserves a loving home.

  • Tanja March 21, 2009, 3:20 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    I completely agree with you – every child deserves a loving home! Congrats on your little girl! I am sorry if I used a wrong term, I just copied it from the source of information that I used (I thing it was Prague Daily Monitor) – those 2 terms are a bit confusing.

  • Tanja March 21, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    I read the article again and I did not call Roma kids “Romanians” so I am not sure what are you talking about.

  • Terry January 20, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Jenny was talking about Sue’s note saying she did not want to adopt a “Romanian” baby

  • Cory Jackman June 6, 2011, 3:14 pm

    I am the Father of a dual citizen who was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her Mother and I went in to legal separation in August 2006. At that time, I mistakenly allowed our daughter to leave to the Czech Republic from Alaska with her Mother. It was the biggest mistake of my life. Our legal agreement contained reasonable parental visitation rights for my daughter to spend time with me. I have been back and forth to the Czech Republic three times in the last four years to exercise these rights at great expense to me financially and personally. However, my rights, and now my mothers rights continue to be thwarted, and denied. I have come to the conclusion that there is no reasonable answer to this situation other than giving my daughter up completely to her Mother through adoption. Please inform me on the process, ie: where to go for the paperwork, etc. I am in the Czech republic now, and would like to complete this process before I leave the country in approximately three weeks. My decision has been made, and is final. Thank you.

  • Tanja June 6, 2011, 9:15 pm

    Hi Cory, sorry to hear that but I have no idea about the adoption process. I would contact Lenka Pavlova, the director for International Legal Protection of Children (she is mentioned in the article) or just ask around the Czech adoption agencies.

    Good luck!

  • Michael June 28, 2012, 9:39 pm

    This article is accurate and honest.

    I’m South African (of European origin) and my wife is Czech. We were looking at adopting but gave up. Extremely long waiting lists, and very few options to adopt a child of Czech origin, and we are not interested in adopting a Roma child.

    I also made some inquiries to South Africa. All my email based communication was ignored, when stating we are looking for a child of European origin.

    Essentially we gave up.

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